I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
The concept of this story is interesting, unusual, and very well-played out by author David Levithan. Not just anyone could write such a compelling story where we are able to connect with the main character even though he /she? is a person who doesn't even have their own body and own life. Perhaps that was part of the author's purpose. Without any of the external trappings, the merit of the protagonist rested solely on "her" spirit and personality/character. I found the main character endearing and likeable, and the world of this story was one I was glad to spend my time in. All the supporting characters were interesting to meet. The story builds up to an impressive gesture of generosity and self-sacrifice by the main character...this was a development and twist that I definitely hadn't expected. Though I was conflicted about this ending...only because it left some things undone and in limbo..with so much more that could be told. That's not to say that it wasn't very-well played out (and well-written throughout)...it just seemed to leave some things unresolved. People may want to know that this story is largely built on stream-of-conciousness and internal dialogue with our main character, interspersed with actual external events, dialogue, and the supporting characters. So, if you are more the "action" type, definitely sample this and try an excerpt to see if it's for you. Though I highly recommend it just the same! I found the narration did very much fit the story, and seemed right-on for the age and the main character.
Surprisingly heart warming
I am not an avid YA reader and was not aware this was one. When I first herard the main character was 16, I almost made the mistake of turning it off. Thank goodness I didn't! David Levithan has the wonderful ability to keep the story flowing so it was no surprise that I had to listen to it in one sitting. Alex Mckenna did a wonderful job in bringing the characters to life.
Say something about yourself!
NO. 1; the narrator sounds like she has gargled with gravel. I had a very hard time "listening".
NO. 2; the only people portrayed as having it together are gay. The remainder of the cast is messed up. This book seems tailored to a younger audience, but I think the message is somewhat slanted.
NO. 3; what happened to the "original" body you left?
This book wasn't quite as difficult to follow as "The Time Travelers Wife" because he doesn't go back and forth through time. He just wakes up in a new body everyday.
If I had a youngster I would not want them to read this book while they are at an impressionable age. Or at least I would have a conversation about how these people are portrayed.
Good voice for the type of content, young, somewhat gender ambiguous. The story is a sweet teenage story, but older listeners will enjoy as well.
This is a book MEANT for a book club. It will inspire all sorts of conversation and perspectives, different at all ages. But make sure to stop and discuss at intervals throughout the book! There is TOO much GOOD stuff to remember it all at the end! I want to read it again to try and remember...
Excellent book with an excellent narrator. Would recommend to anyone. David Levithan is amazing. Stands alone perfectly, but I still can't wait to read the sequel.